MLB Total Best Picks: Red Sox vs Athletics 7/9

MLB Total Best Picks: Red Sox vs Athletics 7/9

MLB Total Best Picks: Boston Red Sox vs Oakland Athletics 7/9

 

Game Summary

The Boston Red Sox will face off against the Oakland Athletics on July 9th at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. This matchup features two teams with contrasting seasons so far. The Red Sox, currently holding a 49-40 record, are in the thick of the playoff race in the AL East, while the Athletics, with a 34-58 record, are struggling at the bottom of the AL West. The Red Sox have been solid at home, but their road performances have been stellar with a 29-17 record. The Athletics, on the other hand, have struggled both at home and on the road.

In their recent games, the Red Sox have shown resilience and competitive spirit, winning key matchups against teams like the New York Yankees and the Miami Marlins. Oakland, while having some surprising victories, including a series win over the Los Angeles Angels, has not been able to maintain consistency.

Historically, Boston has had the upper hand in this matchup, and with the game being played at Fenway Park, the Red Sox will look to leverage their home-field advantage. On the mound, Brayan Bello (8-5, 5.19 ERA) will start for Boston, facing off against Joey Estes (3-3, 4.39 ERA) for Oakland. The pitching matchup and the offensive prowess of both teams set the stage for an intriguing game.

 

Odds and Betting Lines

Market Odds
Over/Under 10.0
Boston Red Sox Moneyline -105
Oakland Athletics Moneyline -115

 

Pitching Probables

Pitcher W-L ERA Strikeouts
Brayan Bello (BOS) 8-5 5.19 71
Joey Estes (OAK) 3-3 4.39 43

 

Team Previews

Boston Red Sox

Hitting: The Red Sox are ranked 9th in hits (772) and batting average (.252). Rafael Devers is leading the charge with a .293 batting average, 21 home runs, and 55 RBIs. The offense has been productive, consistently putting up runs.

Relief Pitching: Boston's bullpen has been solid with 24 saves, ranking tied for 11th in the league. The team ERA stands at 3.61, good for 7th best in MLB.

Fielding: The Red Sox have committed 67 errors, which unfortunately ranks them 1st in the league for defensive miscues. This is an area they need to improve upon.

Starting Pitchers: Brayan Bello has been a reliable starter, but his 5.19 ERA suggests he has been hit hard at times. He needs to bring his best against an Athletics lineup that can surprise on any given day.

Oakland Athletics

Hitting: The Athletics struggle offensively, ranking 27th in hits (682) and 28th in batting average (.224). Brent Rooker has been a bright spot with a .278 average, 18 home runs, and 54 RBIs.

Relief Pitching: Oakland's bullpen has managed 17 saves, ranking 27th. The team ERA is 4.34, placing them 23rd, indicating struggles in keeping opponents' runs down.

Fielding: The Athletics have committed 57 errors, ranking 4th in defensive errors. This is slightly better than Boston but still an area of concern.

Starting Pitchers: Joey Estes has a respectable 4.39 ERA and has shown flashes of potential. He will need to be at his best to contain the Red Sox's potent lineup.

 

Team Injuries

Boston Red Sox

Player Name Position Injury Injury Status
Vaughn Grissom 2B Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Jul 29

Oakland Athletics

Player Name Position Injury Injury Status
Paul Blackburn SP Foot Expected to be out until at least Jul 24

 

Betting Trends

  • Boston is 7-3 in their last 10 games.
  • Oakland is 4-6 in their last 10 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games against Oakland.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oakland's last 6 games.
  • Boston is 4-2 ATS in their last 6 home games.
  • Oakland is 2-4 ATS in their last 6 road games.

 

Recent Games

Boston Red Sox

Opponent Score W/L
@ New York Yankees W 3-0 W
@ New York Yankees L 14-4 L
@ New York Yankees W 5-3 W
@ Miami Marlins W 6-5 F/12 W
@ Miami Marlins W 7-2 W

Oakland Athletics

Opponent Score W/L
vs Baltimore Orioles L 6-3 L
vs Baltimore Orioles W 19-8 W
vs Baltimore Orioles L 3-2 L
vs Los Angeles Angels W 5-0 W
vs Los Angeles Angels W 5-0 W

 

Team Rankings

Category Boston Red Sox Oakland Athletics
Hitting 9th 27th
Starting Pitching 7th 23rd
Relief Pitching 11th 27th
Fielding 1st 4th

 

Significant Betting Stats

  • Boston is 7-3 in their last 10 games.
  • Oakland is 4-6 in their last 10 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games against Oakland.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oakland's last 6 games.
  • Boston is 4-2 ATS in their last 6 home games.
  • Oakland is 2-4 ATS in their last 6 road games.
  • Boston's games have gone OVER in 6 of their last 9 games.
  • Oakland's games have gone UNDER in 4 of their last 6 games.
  • Boston is 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games against teams with a losing record.
  • Oakland is 1-5 in their last 6 games against teams with a winning record.

 

Weather

The weather for the game at Fenway Park is expected to be cloudy with a temperature of 85°F. This could have an impact on the pitchers and the ball's flight, potentially favoring hitters.

 

Prediction

Pick: Over 10.0 runs

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Given the hitting capabilities of both teams and the respective ERAs of the starting pitchers, this game has the potential to be high-scoring. The Red Sox have a powerful lineup led by Rafael Devers, while the Athletics have shown they can put up runs in bursts. The weather conditions at Fenway Park could also play a role in favoring the hitters. Moreover, historical trends indicate that games between these two teams often go over the total. Therefore, the recommended pick for this game is to bet on the total going over 10.0 runs.

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